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Today's Features

  • There have been a number of calls to the hotline recently concerning moving plants. Generally speaking, the optimum time for moving plants is during the dormant period.

    Following are a few suggestions:

    1) Most shrubs and trees should be moved during their dormant season. For some, this will be just after they shed their leaves. Others, such as azaleas, will require waiting until late fall, winter or early spring. For this area, dormant season is January through March.

  • If you’re like me and get bored pretty easily, you may be wondering what to do in the garden now mowing and battling weeds is slowing down. Of course, there’s always football, basketball, hockey, eating too much and all of those parties and family get-togethers during the holiday season to look forward to, but there’s nothing more therapeutic than getting some dirt under those fingernails.

  • If blossom-end rot plagued your tomato crop this growing season, the soil pH could be off. Soil test now so slow acting lime has a chance to get to where it is needed before the next growing season.

    After a killing frost has hit your asparagus beds, it is time to cut the dead foliage to the ground.

    Continue to rake leaves off the lawn. You can use a sweeper attachment on the mower or a bagger. Place leaves on a compost pile for next year. A mulching blade will also work to chop up the leaves and distribute back onto the lawn.

  • Jennifer S. Fritz and Donald H. Walbroehl were married July 25 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in New York.

    The Rev. Harold Carrier officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Joseph and Janet Fritz of Sunset Beach, formerly of Troy, N.Y.

    The groom is the son of Patsy and Tom Burns of Mechanicville, N.Y.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her parents.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Jamie Lynne Swaringen of Richfield and Roger Derek Morton of Albemarle. The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Judith Lynn Swaringen and the granddaughter of Don and Sandy Swaringen of Richfield. The prospective groom is the son of Todd and Teresa Morton of Albemarle and the grandson of Gene and Barbara Norris of Dunn and Roger and Pat Morton of Supply. He is a graduate of West Brunswick High School. A March 28, 2009, wedding is planned at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church in Richfield.

  • Jennifer Nicole Quaintance and Gordon William Nash Jr. were married Aug. 23 at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The Rev. Thomas Clymer officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Bruce Quaintance of Ocean Isle Beach and Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Robinson of Carolina Shores.

    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Nash Sr. of Wilmington, Pat Sandifer of Holden Beach and the late David Sandifer.

    The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

  • Church plans Nov. 16 service

    The Rev. Earsken Howard Moody and the Pleasant Hill Church of Shallotte will be in services at Greater Tabernacle Church of Longwood on Nov. 16.

    Services will begin at 4 p.m.

    For more information, contact the Rev. Cathy Moore at 640-3227 or Sister Zettie Price at 754-7982.

    Tickets available for Christmas show

    The 2008 Singing Christmas Tree tickets are now available.

    This will be the 20th year, and also the grand finale.

    Performance dates are:

  • In this area of North Carolina, protecting your plants from cold is easy enough to do, since our winters are very mild; however, certain plants need protection from the cold to survive the winter months. Protecting your plants in winter does not mean you have to keep them warm; it simply means providing protection from damaging winds, snow, ice, alternate freezing and thawing of the soil and heat from the sun on very cold days.

  • Rebecca Stevens and Scott Wynne were married Nov. 1 at Faith Baptist Church in Bolivia, with the Rev. John Sellars officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Wayne and Linda Stevens of Winnabow.

    The groom is the son of Albert and Wendy Wynne of Winnabow.

    Bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    Matron of honor was Tamara Bernard, sister of the bride.

    Bridesmaids were Jennifer Holden, sister of the bride, Katie Moore and April Harvell, the groom’s cousin.

    Fower girl was Alexia Bernard, the bride’s niece.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Nekesha Randolph of Bolivia and Roderick Williams of Harrells. The bride-elect is the daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Willie O. Randolph Jr. of Bolivia. The prospective groom is the son of Jeffrey and Hilda Draughon of Harrells and the late Robert Williams. A Dec. 20 wedding is planned at Macedonia Baptist Church in Wilmington.